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2013 Mount Eden "Estate" Santa Cruz Mountains Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1323951 96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate is developing beautifully, unfurling in the glass with aromas of cassis, tobacco, bay laurel, dark chocolate and rich soil. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, multidimensional and concentrated, with wonderful savory depth, fine grained but firm tannins and a long, taut and tangy finish. While this is firmly shut down today, its potential for the future is fully evident: expect it to begin to come into its own around its tenth birthday. (WK) Inner quote mark (5/2018)

95 points Decanter

Outer quote mark A True classic, bursting with red and black fruit vine smoke and pencil shavings; structured fine tannins and bracing Santa Cruz acidity. Consistently one of the most ageworthy Cabernets in California, gaining in volume and expansiveness with time in the cellar, always vibrant and intense. (WK) Inner quote mark (9/2016)

95 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark There’s an unparalleled woody intensity on the nose of this offering, with cigar box, myrrh, incense and bay leaf decorating the black peppercorn, herb-laced salt, dark chocolate and black plum aromas. The palate’s leathery flavors are woven into fine-grained tannins, revealing flashes of elderberry, violet and gravel. *Cellar Selection* (MK) Inner quote mark (12/2017)

94 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon is wine of real pedigree and class that is going to need at least a handful of years to enter the prime of its drinking window. Blackberry jam, grilled herbs, smoke and plum all resonate on the palate. Inky, deep and plush, the 2013 remains quite primary. I will not be surprised at all if the 2013 develops into an even better wine with time. That said, the 2013 is positively striking today, with compelling inner sweetness, tons of perfume and exceptional balance. (AG) 94+ Inner quote mark (8/2017)

93 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate checks in as a blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc that spent 32 months in 60% new French oak. Its inky purple/violet color is followed by a terrific perfumed of crème de cassis, spring flowers, licorice and hints of vanilla spice. Medium to full-bodied, silky and elegant on the palate, with chalky tannin, nicely integrated acidity and a great finish, it needs 4-5 years of bottle age and will keep for two decades or more. Inner quote mark (8/2017)

91 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Firmly built, with structure, focus and density, this offers a mix of taut dark berry, graphite, loamy earth, crushed rock and dried herb. A wine apart from the pack. (JL) Inner quote mark (10/2017)

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By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/13/2018 | Send Email
The nose is full of sweet cassis, powerful, riveting while it is highlighted with a touch of earth and leather. On the palate the wine has real weight, this is a powerful wine, it shows a bit of tannic framing while still being very drinkable, yet it lets you know it’s a Cabernet. The flavors expand on your tongue, more savory, earthy, Santa Cruz Mtn flavors, with the cassis returning and bits of dark chocolate. The finish says, drink me later (even though you could now) the flavors in this wine are so ready to open and expand, long and elegant with a bit of tannic grip in the finish.
Drink from 2020 to 2030

By: Andrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/12/2018 | Send Email
In the vintner's canon of California's 2013 vintage, this wine must be part of the gospel. It is undoubtedly a legendary classic in the making. It has everything. Heavy cassis fruit to lead an army of berries and black plums, an entire kitchen spice cabinet dominated by savor and spice and backed up with the sweeter spices from a perfect level of oak influence. Tobacco, cedar and cigar box are abundant. The acidity is incredible amidst all of the fruit. The tannin management is on point. This is a full bodied and rich cabernet that is defined by elegance and harmony. 2013 Mount Eden Cabernet undoubtedly has many years ahead of it and will feature heavily in some incredible evenings.

By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/12/2018 | Send Email
Serious wine! The 2013 Mount Eden SCM Cabernet is yet another example of the seriousness, freshness and structure of the best 2013 vintage Cabernet Sauvignon. Lovely savory and green components add interest to the fruit on the nose, leading to a spicy palate of bright black cherry, cranberry, kirsch and American oak spices. It is all tied together with balanced tannins and succulent acidity, which should assure this wine of a nice long life ahead in bottle. This is fantastic Cabernet, one of my favorites year to date.

By: Stefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/12/2018 | Send Email
This is consistently one of my favorite Cabernets coming out of California year after year. A little crunchy right now, there is a lot of structure here. The cooler climate of the Santa Cruz Mountains definitely aids in the higher acid, lower alcohol components of this wine, making it one of the few in California that can actually last decades. Jeffrey Patterson's decades of experience in the wine industry is highlighted in this wine, showing great length, complexity, and dynamic flavor.

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